This info last updated May 31st 2020.
The Chat Noir is closed but we are doing an online SpokenWord – called Spoken World Online – every Monday during quarantine. See below for a post with the guest poet, theme, info and the link to connect on Monday evening.
AWOL online writers’ workshop is now running 6.30pm – 8.30pm every Sunday. Virtual room opens at 6pm. If it’s your first time and you want to submit your written prose or poetry for feedback please arrive no later than 6.15. Preferred file format is PDF. Here’s the link to join.
SpokenWord Paris is one pole of a nomadic tribe of people who love poetry, writing and song. A home for creatives and lost anglophones. We do an open mic night called SpokenWord every Monday at the Chat Noir and an allied writers’ workshop every Sunday. We do a literary journal called The Bastille and Tightrope Books published many of us in the book “Strangers in Paris.” Click on the blue stamp on the right to sign up to the mailing list.
Open mic/scène ouverte: Performance poetry. Lire vivant. Poésie sonore. Stand up. Monologue. Stories. Beat poetry. Spoken word. English. Français. Your own original texts. Old texts from Rimbaud to Dr Seuss, Beowulf to Gil Scott-Heron. Chacun a son mot à dire. Make the words come alive. Acoustic songs also welcome.
Poetry video clips on our instagram at spokenword_paris
A taste of Monday nights at the Chat Noir, by Victor. Listen or download here.
Every Monday except August. Come to the Chat Noir, 76 rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud 75011. Métro Parmentier/Couronnes. Sign up at 8pm in the bar. Poetics start from 8.30pm underground. More info here. Paris’ biggest and longest-running English open mic night, started in 2006. All languages welcome. Free entry. Exit one euro.
Check next week’s theme here. Themes are a suggestion to inspire you but you don’t have to follow them. Indeed, many people don’t.
AWOL writers’ workshop
AWOL is now online until the end of lockdown. See above.
AWOL takes place every Sunday evening, 6.30pm – 8.30pm at the Chat Noir. 76 rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud, 75011. Time sometimes varies so check AWOL’s facebook page. Free. Bring your writing or just come and listen and join in the discussion. Hosted by Bruce Sherfield, Simon Millward, Thibaut Narme and Camille Adnot. Friendly and insightful and afterwards you’re welcome to come for a drink. In a previous incarnation this ran for 10 years as The Other Writers Group and AWOL continues that group’s ethos of giving invaluable insightful feedback and providing a supportive space to hone your writing craft. Plus community among writers. Click here for a more detailed description.